FOUR NEW RECORDS OF THE GENUS PYRUS (ROSACEAE) FROM PAKISTAN
M. Islam*1, H. Ahmad1, J. Alam2, H. Ali3, M. Fahim4 and M. Hanif5
1Department of Genetics, Hazara University, Mansehra Pakistan; 2Center of Plant Biodiversity and Botany, University of Swat, Pakistan; 3Department of Botany, Hazara University, Mansehra Pakistan; 4Centre for Omic Sciences, Islamia College Peshawar, KP, Pakistan; 5Department of Botany, GCU, Lahore-Pakistan.
*Corresponding Author’s email: <firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com>
The objectives of the present study were to explore, identify and document Pyrus (pears) species from Pakistan, their screening and recommendation for further breeding program. Extensive surveys were conducted during 2010-2011 to identify and document Pyrus (Pears) from Pakistan. Plant specimens were collected, processed and identified. Using established floristic keys for different countries and literature, four new records of the genus Pyrus L.(Rosaceae) viz., P. ussuriensis, P. armeniacifolia, P. hopeiensis and P. communis are reported for the flora of Pakistan. The detailed morphological description, flowering and fruiting duration, ecological notes, distribution, GPS coordinates, altitudes and voucher specimens of the taxa are reported in this paper, along with images, distribution map and a table of comparative differentiating characters of these taxa.
Key words: New Records, Pyrus (Pears), Rosaceae, Pakistan.